These last few months have really been something. Things have not offered me the time nor mindset to really do much writing. And I've truly felt so guilty for not updating. For that, I apologize. But you are not here to listen to my apologies. So, I will skip that and move on to the last chapter of Sadin's Revival, closing the book on this 2 year piece of work. I hope you enjoy it.

Note: The very, very, very last scene borrows heavily from Card Captor Sakura: The Sealed Card (the second movie). I do NOT claim ANY ownership over the scene, character, dialogue, or anything else. I merely added it for story context, and it purely belongs to CLAMP. Similarly, none of the characters or locations from the rest of the chapter belong to me. They are the sole property of CLAMP.

And now, the final chapter.

Chapter 31: Returning

Lightning-like energy surged through the nothingness of the void between worlds. Pieces of the old dimension could be faintly seen still dissolving, being sucked into nothingness. But otherwise, there was nothing. One couldn't even say it was dark, because there was no light in the void, and without light, darkness cannot exist.

Sakura looked all around her, trembling in fear. "S-Syaoran? Where are you? I can't see anything. I can't see the house, you, or even my own hands." She inhaled, wheezing. "I can barely breathe. I feel like I'm not standing on anything."

Then a familiar feeling came over her, as a hand held tightly on to hers. "It's okay, Sakura, I'm here. I'm scared, too, but. we're here together. I said I wasn't going to let you go, and I intend to live up to that promise."

Though he was scared, too, Sakura's heart calmed once more, and she smiled. But worry quickly picked up again. "I can sense him.. Koji."

A light flared up. Suddenly, the entire group was visible once more. But still, the world was dark; no object other than each other and the house were visible. The air was far more breathable. There, in front of the house, stood Aerin, channeling her power, holding open the Li family fan. Sakura's earlier feelings about floating were indeed, true. They were all suspended in what would have been air, had there been any. "Do not worry, you're all safe now. When the dimensions split, everything was removed, all matter and energy included," Aerin began. "The sparks you see above." she said, taking a fleeting glance at the purple bolts above, "are the remains of the worlds, the last bits being taken away. Of course, this means there is no air, no land, and no light with which to fight." Aerin took a deep breath and concentrated. "Luckily, with my powers, and this fan, I can channel my energy in order to create those necessities."

Tomoyo took a deep breath as well, in order to test the air. "You are right. I can breathe quite well now."

"Oh, dear, I seem to have forgotten the ground," Aerin stated. She closed her eyes tight, and with minimal thought, the entire group fell down onto a dark, reflective surface, showing upside down images of the whole group. Of course, few were really prepared for this and no one but Tomoyo, Eriol, Yue, and Aerin actually landed on their feet.

"Ow." Meiling mumbled from underneath a very heavy Keroberos. "Get off, you giant plush toy."

"Oops, sorry about that," Aerin apologized. "However, now, you have air to breathe, light to see, and ground to walk on. I believe I can keep these things here for an hour or two, so, try to defeat Koji quickly. I wish I could come with you, or Takumi, but I have to stay here to focus on this spell, and Takumi must protect me."

Mia stepped forward. "Perhaps I can be of some use?"

Aerin turned to the girl. "Don't you want to go with Sakura and the others to see Koji?"

She nodded. "I would, but. I think I'd be of more use here. I'm not a fighter. I can use a few spells, but I think I can help you with your spells here, which would help everyone most of all."

Sakura nodded. "Don't worry, Mia, we'll win. We'll be back."

Aerin smiled warmly. "It's good to see you all are so confident. I wish you luck."

Eriol did not face Aerin. He merely stared deep out into the void. "Don't worry. We won't fail."

Sakura nodded and turned back to Aerin. "Koji's destroyed too much. He's hurt too many people. I won't let him continue. I don't know what I'll do. but I know we'll stop him. I won't give up." Syaoran smiled at her determination.

Aerin smiled briefly herself. "All right, then, off you go."

Tomoyo nodded in agreement. "We really should be going, lest we waste the time Aerin can hold her spell."

Eriol pointed straight out into the darkness. "I feel his presence. He has begun to use his power. Let's make haste."

Silently, the group walked forward. However, their minds were not the least bit silent. "What if we fail?" "Is he too strong?" "I'm so worried." "We can't lose, but I don't know how we can win." "Even I don't know if I can beat someone with that much magic power."

Sakura, though, was the most worried, despite hiding it well. She reflected back on all that had happened what seemed like years ago. The demon attacks in the park and at home, the trip itself seven years into the future, the search for the temples, the final battle with Sadin. All of the memories came rushing back. Then she remembered more recent events. Syaoran saving her life, meeting her own ancestors, becoming a baby again, meeting Syaoran's ancestors, journeying to the crazed new world.

What if she failed?

She could never return. All those efforts would be in vain. All the memories, all the good times, everything that made it worthwhile would be erased permanently. A tear ran down her cheek. She couldn't let that happen. She wouldn't let that happen.

Syaoran's hand rested on Sakura's shoulder.

"Hoe?"

"Don't worry, Sakura," he reassured her. "I know you'll do fine. We're in this together, remember, and I told you I'm not going to let you get away from me again."

Sakura's cheeks reddened and a small smile came across her lips. ".Thank you, for everything." Sakura whispered.

Koji focused his magic into his Mirror of Time. A blue light shot from it and started to form a small portal through time. "At last, I can-No, wait, it can't. DAMMIT! How did they." He wiped the sweat from his forehead and fixed his hair back. "That's all right. You knew it would be hard to get rid of them, no matter what. It's time to finish this once and for all. No more interruptions." He picked up his sword, turned, and marched away.

Around five minutes had passed since the house went out of view entirely, but it felt like hours in anticipation. Still, Sakura was beginning to relax. Her confidence was slowly returning.

Then Koji came marching into view and Sakura's heart sank down into her stomach. She felt almost as if she would lose consciousness at any moment.

"What do you want? You have all been nothing but a thorn in my side since I started. You stand in the way of glory, in the way of progress, in MY way," Koji stated with much anger in his voice. No doubt, he was more than a little irritated by this latest intrusion. "WHAT IS IT YOU WANT?!"

"The way of 'glory?!'" Meiling asked in anger. "We've seen your 'ways' and they only hurt people! Well, the only one around here that is going to get hurt is you!"

Koji's eyes narrowed and his scowl grew worse. "You truly are blind. You don't realize it is my inborn RIGHT! These worlds. all of them, will be better off when I control their pasts, presents, and futures!"

Sakura shook her head fast and stepped forward, tears about to come down. "Please, Koji, stop. You can't do this. It's. it's not right! People will get hurt. That's not right. We don't want to have to force you. so. please. don't."

Koji smiled. "I apologize, but I'm not able to do that. I have to continue on. And if I have to eliminate you all before I can do that." He raised his sword higher. "Well, then, so be it."

As quickly as she possibly could, Sakura summoned her staff and had a card in the air. "WINDY!"

The graceful and gentle spirit of the wind emerged immediately and attempted to hold the boy down. That, of course, failed. Koji easily used his own strength to break the spirit off of himself. "Pathetic."

Eriol ran up beside Sakura. "What are you doing? I know you knew Windy wouldn't work. What are you trying to do?"

Sakura looked down, "I still don't want to really hurt him, so."

"GET DOWN!" Syaoran pushed Sakura to the ground as Koji ran up and attempted to stab her. Syaoran raised his sword and attempted to duel with him, but Eriol had another idea. He raised his staff and summoned fire, charring the demon-boy and causing him to step back momentarily.

But the boy was not stunned for long, and he made a run for Tomoyo and Meiling. Tomoyo had not powered up her jewel yet, and was defenseless; Meiling stepped out in front, ready to ward him off. But Koji still continued to charge, his sword raised.

Then it was thrown from his hands. A bolt from Yue had sent it flying, and he fired another shot from his bow and struck the confused boy right in the side, throwing him back. Spinnel took advantage and pounced on the boys back. The jaguar-like beast applied all the pressure he could, trying to disable his foe. However, before he could, Koji got a firm grasp on the Mirror of Time and held it to Spinnel's face, releasing a tremendous blast of power, shoving the guardian back.

"Fine, if you want to play it the hard way." Koji stood up and created a shield merely by thinking it. "I wasn't expecting to have to do this, but it's not my funeral."

The group moved closer, to try and stop him from doing whatever it was he planned, but as soon as Syaoran got within a meter of Koji's shield. A giant spark threw him back.

"SYAORAN!" Sakura shouted.

"Shaoran!" cried Meiling.

The two girls rushed over to him, but, luckily, he was just stunned for a moment. More shook up than hurt.

Inside the shield, Koji caused the Mirror itself to float in the air as he concentrated and meditated, mumbling some inaudible chant. The mirror gained a light blue aura around itself. Koji then proceeded to place his arm right through the very face of the mirror. Slowly, the same blue aura began to pulse from the mirror through the rest of his body. Even his eyes were soon glowing a light blue.

"He's. absorbing the power directly from the mirror!" Yue exclaimed. He raised his bow once more, and fired directly at the shield. His arrow was sent directly back at him, throwing the guardian onto his back with tremendous force.

The shield dropped, and Koji stepped forwards. "And that's just a small taste of what I can do."

"Enough!" Syaoran screamed, raising his sword and barreling down on his foe. Koji, however, merely raised his sword and threw Syaoran's balance off with a single block, and then blasted him back with a bolt of lightning- like energy. The poor boy screeched and skidded across the emptiness underneath them.

Eriol raised his staff and summoned the elements of Lightning, Fire, and Water at Koji at once, but simply by holding his mirror to them, they were shot directly back, weakening the might wizard.

Sakura threw two cards once more into the air. "POWER! JUMP!" She leaped up in attempt to land and kick Koji aside. But he grabbed her by the leg as she fell and threw her on top of Syaoran, who was just beginning to stand.

Kero, Spinnel, Nakuru, Yue, Tomoyo, Meiling. No matter who attacked, how they fought, and how much power they used, Koji simply tossed them aside like rag dolls. Soon enough, he was the only one on his feet.

He slowly moved towards Eriol, who was struggling to get to his feet, and stepped on his hand. Koji pulled the boy closer and looked him right in the eyes, a sinister grin across his lips. "What's wrong? Giving up already? I'm surprised. I thought you all could give me a better challenge than this."

Koji's whole face had changed. His features grew smaller. His hair grew lighter. His skin was nearly as white as a sheet of fresh snow; only it glowed with the power resonating within him. The pupils of his eyes, even vanished, replaced only with the radiance of his power.

Sakura used her staff like a cane, letting herself slowly stand. She kept her face towards the ground. "Koji, please. listen. This is for your own good. You're not just destroying us, our world, or any of that. You're destroying yourself! That look on your face. It's. It's. It's not right! You're not even the same person. You used to laugh and joke. You were out to get us, but its like you're losing yourself so slowly. I've thought of this for a while now. and I have to tell you. Stop, for your own sake."

Koji's sinister smile grew ever wider. "Poor, pitiful girl." he said, approaching her. "You really don't get it, do you? THIS. this power. this is all I ever wanted. All I ever DREAMED of! Everything I want is at my fingertips. Who cares what I lose? Why should I care? I have unlimited power. And soon, I will have EVERYTHING!"

Sakura took a step forwards towards the power-hungry demon. "But. that's not true. There's something. something you don't have. There's something you want. something you feel. But no matter what, no matter how much power you gain, no matter how many people you beat. it's still there. It's shown, and it's always shown in your eyes, no matter how corrupt those eyes become with power." She raised her head, her eyes filled with tears. "It hurts, doesn't it?" She wiped her face dry.

Koji's smile turned to a scowl and he took a step backwards as everyone around him began to slowly rise. "Shut up! You don't know me! You know nothing of my mind! I have EVERYTHING!"

Tomoyo stepped forward. "But that's not true, Koji. We can see it in your eyes."

"You want something. You want it so badly, no matter how much power you absorb, you still feel it," Syaoran chimed in.

Koji growled. "I SAID SHUT UP!"

Meiling shook her head. "NO! We won't be quiet, because it's the truth and you know it!"

Eriol slightly smiled, still showing he felt quite a bit of pain, though. "I can see it very clearly. You wanted power to cover over your problems. You felt a hole deep in yourself. You thought you could fill that hole with your lust for power. But the more you gained, the greater that hole became."

"I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about," sneered the boy unconvincingly, as if he were trying to hide something.

"Friends," said Sakura. "You're lonely. And you've always been lonely."

Koji clutched his head violently, shaking like a madman, moving as if his mind was trying to jump out of his skull. "SHUT UP, SHUT UP, SHUT UP! YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING! JUST SHUT UP!" Koji threw his palm in Sakura's face and prepared to blast her into oblivion, but she ducked under his attack and rolled out of danger's path. Koji raised both hands towards Sakura this time, but as he fired, Syaoran jumped in the path of the projectiles, hit them with his blade, and sent them right back with a swipe of his blade. The impact of his own shots ricocheted him off the ground and he slid past Meiling on the ground.

Syaoran pointed his weapon at his fallen foe aggressively. "We're not going to give up, Koji, but you should. While you still have the chance. We can change everything back."

Yue and Ruby Moon raised their arrows. Kero and Spinnel stood ready to pounce once more. Eriol held his staff high, ready to summon his power at any moment. Tomoyo stood by Sakura, both of whom had their hands close to the cards. "No matter what," Meiling continued for her cousin, raising her fists in preparation, "we aren't going to give up. And when we're together, we're not going to lose. So, make this easy on yourself. We might take a lot of bumps and bruises."

"But we're all friends here!" Tomoyo stated with an impetuously passionate tone. "Friends support each other; they fight for each other; they do all they can to help one another. I do not like the idea of fighting. Even with. these new powers I have. I'd much rather be behind my camera, supporting everyone with words." She snapped her fingers and her long, slender staff came into her hands. "But I will not allow anyone to hurt my friends. I'll do anything I can to stop it. So, please. Let's stop fighting. It's for the best."

Eriol stomped the end of his staff against the ground. "They speak the truth, Koji. You have nothing to gain. No matter how much power you take in, you will remain empty inside. One doesn't need to see the future to see that. But you also have everything to lose. Surrender."

"NEVER!" Koji leaped back to his feet and charged at Eriol, his fists glowing with his oncoming attack. However, Koji would not have the chance to show what attack he would use, as Eriol knelt down and Meiling used him like a springboard to deliver a kick to his gut, sending him back to the ground again. Koji wasn't seriously hurt, though, and was up as soon as he could get to his feet.

Ruby Moon fired a shot as soon as Koji regained his composure. He leapt to one side to avoid it with ease, but instead found himself face-to-face with Yue, who released a similar attack at point blank range.

This time, before their demon opponent could even recuperate, Eriol and Sakura attacked. With a wave of his staff, a large mass of rock and stone appeared from the nothingness of the lost dimension they were stuck in. The mass took the form of a giant wave and attempted to flatten Koji, but he merely ran faster than it could approach him.

"You underestimate me!" Koji exclaimed in triumph.

Eriol just shook his head and smiled. "On the contrary. You underestimate us and overestimate yourself."

Before Koji could decipher what Eriol meant, he fell to the ground as something gripped his legs tighter and tighter. He looked down to see a row of vines, Sakura's Wood Card, had tied him to the floor. It would only take a moment for him to free himself, but before he could, the wave of rock and stone crashed down upon him.

"Is. is it over?" Tomoyo asked, worryingly.

"No, he's not going to be beaten so easily," said Syaoran. "I can still feel him. But. he's been holding back a little bit. Before Sakura confronted him, he was more than a match for any of us. I doubt that just our working together more closely is what has given us an edge, though."

Sakura nodded. "That's right. Something is wrong with Koji. I mean, something deep inside. I can still see it. The remnants of who he was before he found this power are still there. Maybe his old self is fighting with this new power. and he's too distracted to fight to his fullest."

The pile of rubble Koji lie beneath began to stir until his hand stuck out from underneath. Eriol took a step back. "He's very resilient. We need to finish this fast, before his power can rise even farther. If he can return to his previous mental state with this power."

"Eh? Return?" Tomoyo thought for a second. "Sakura-chan, I think I may have an idea of something I can do, but I'll need the Clow Cards!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Sakura asked, handing the deck to her angelic friend.

"I had an idea for an attack that may be enough to keep Koji down long enough for us to seal his power," she stated. "I hope it is enough. I don't want any more fighting. Now. let me concentrate."

The group took a few steps back from Tomoyo, giving her room to move. She placed the deck in her left hand and placed her right hand on top of the cards. She took her left hand away and the cards continued to stay where they were. Tomoyo kept her right hand on the card and spun slowly in a circle. Slowly, individual cards were left behind until all 52 of them floated around her. She closed her eyes and began to chant as the words came to her.

"Ancient Cards, crafted by Clow, controlled by your new Mistress, lend your power to my staff. Call forth your powers to protect us from those that threaten all that is good."

She reached out and grabbed a card beside her. She flipped it over to reveal Fly.

"Ancient bird of respect and power."

She grabbed another card, Fiery.

"Your wings burning with searing flames."

One last card, Return.

"Return from the ashes to fight our foe!"

A tremendous gust of wind surrounded her as she brought her staff down onto the three cards. "COMBINE!" The three became one. "I SUMMON THE PHOENIX!"

Koji pushed the last piece of rock off of himself and looked to be angrier than ever. However, the angry glare in his eyes quickly turned to astonishment as he felt a great energy building. He could only see his enemies standing before him, but somehow. it felt as if there was something else.

A spark ignited in the air above Koji. Then another. And another. Koji took a cautious step backwards. Soon, these sparks joined into a small flame, hovering in the air. The flame increased and increased in size. It raised itself higher and higher into the air. When it reached its peak of height, it released a violent flash. Koji covered his eyes. When he uncovered them, a giant beast hovered just above him. It was a bird, but no bird like he had ever seen. It had no solid body; it was made of fire. It's screech echoed throughout the empty world. It stared down with dark, black eyes upon Koji, who stood stiff as death in shock.

When his wits returned, he turned to run without a word, but it was no use. The Phoenix released a shrill cry and then lunged right at him. The bird passed right through Koji, with enough heat to incinerate anything. A long wave of fire passed over the boy, who screamed violently as he was burnt alive. By the time that the Phoenix had passed over, Koji was already on the ground, unable to move. The bird flew up higher into the sky and vanished. The card split back into its original three and a moment of suspense hung over the group.

Not a word was spoken, but everyone had the same question on his or her mind: Was it over?

After a minute of waiting, no movement came from Koji. He lied still on the ground. Syaoran stepped forward, being wary. Could it be a trap? Was Koji all right, but merely waiting for them to make the next move?

Sakura followed in step. But as she walked closer, a voice came into her mind.

"It is time to set things right, Sakura."

"Clow. Clow Reed?" Sakura mumbled aloud.

"Sakura-chan, what's wrong?" Tomoyo asked.

"It is time to make things as they were," the voice continued.

"I hear. I hear Clow Reed's voice." Sakura said. "It's telling me. something is wrong. And now is the time to. to. Ugh." The strength within Sakura, she felt, was somehow sapped, and she fell to the ground.

"Where. Where am I?" Sakura asked. She looked all around her. She appeared to be. nowhere. All that she could see was a dull, light blue aura. But another voice came to her. This was not within her head, but it was close. It was crying.

"Hello?" She walked closer to the sound of the voice. A little boy with short black hair knelt on the ground, crying.

"I'm all alone." he said.

"E-excuse me." Sakura asked. "What's wrong? Where is this?"

The boy ignored her, or maybe he didn't even hear her. "No one likes me. No one ever plays with me." He slammed his fists down hard onto the ground, tears rolling from his eyes. "I'll show them all someday! Then they'll be sorry! Everyone will wish they were my friend!" The boy got to his feet, still crying and crying, and ran off.

"H-hey, please, wait! What's wrong? What's going on here?" She could receive no answer.

"We all have choices in our lives." the voice of Clow Reed returned. "We guide our own destiny. The choice is ours. However, in the end, we will all make the choices we make. No matter how many choices we have, in the end, we will always make but a single choice. The roads we may take our infinite, but only one path may be taken. Only one choice will be made."

"Clow?" Sakura asked. "Why.. Why can I hear you? What are you trying to tell me? Where am I? Where's Koji?"

Her questions were left unanswered as the voice continued. "These choices create our future. Every decision we make now will forever change what choices we have to make another day. This is the way the world has always been and shall always remain."

In front of Sakura, the young boy dropped again. He fell from above, still crying.

"Ow. Where. am I?" he asked. A small rock faded into view beside him. "What is this?" He lifted up a small object lying on top of the rock.

"But something has happened. The choice was taken from one. And like a ripple in a pond, ever expanding, his choice changed the futures of others, which changed the lives of others... It created a future that was not meant to be."

Rain fell from the nothingness surrounding them. A coffin rested in the rain. The boy stood in front of it, crying. "Father. what. have. No. This is what I wanted. I told them they'd be sorry. And now, they are. But I'll make them sorrier. They will be truly sorry."

" It created a future that should not be. A future that cannot, shall not be. The true path must be set forth."

The boy faded out of view and another one faded in, beside another coffin. The rain fell more and more, harder than ever.

The boy placed a white rose on the coffin. ".Good-bye forever. Sakura."

Syaoran turned around, his face filled with tears, and then he faded away.

Sakura's eyes widened. "Was that. my. my funeral? Is that what. what was going to happen if Syaoran hadn't.?"

"Trust in yourself, Sakura. Follow your heart, and all shall be well once more."

"Sakura! Sakura! Are you all right?" Sakura opened her eyes to see Syaoran staring down at her.

Her eyes filled with tears at the sight of him and she hugged her as tight as possible. "I was so scared!"

"It's all right, Sakura, you're okay," Syaoran said, comforting her, stroking her hair.

"Where did you go, Kinomoto?" asked Meiling, kneeling down beside her. "It looked like you just fainted."

Sakura turned to Eriol before answering. "Eriol, did you. did you say something to me?"

Eriol shook his head. "I never said a word to you in your state. I've been watching Koji. He seems to be unconscious, but I'm not going to leave that to chance."

Sakura thought for a moment. "I don't. I don't know where I was. There was a little boy. who was so lonely. and then I saw you, Syaoran." she flushed and a tear ran down her eye. "You were. you were at. my funeral."

"EH?!" Meiling exclaimed. "How could you see your own funeral? I thought Shaoran went back in time and prevented that!"

Syaoran nodded. "I did. It never happened because I put a stop to it."

"But. there was something else," she continued. "I heard a voice. It was Clow Reed. He said. He said that something was wrong. That something was different. Something happened that shouldn't have. And I have to." She rose from Syaoran's arms and walked towards Koji.

"It all makes sense now," she muttered to herself.

"Hey, wait! Sakura, we all have to help seal him!" Tomoyo exclaimed.

Sakura raised her hand, ordering them to stop. "I know what I must do. I understand now. I know exactly how to fix this. So, please, stay back. And thank you. Thank you all for all your help. I would never have made it this far without you."

"Sakura, are you absolutely certain." Kero began.

"Yes, thank you for your concern," Sakura said, turning her head towards her fallen foe. "But I know what I have to do, so, please, stand back. I don't want to have to have any of you in danger or worry about me."

She stepped closer and closer to the boy. The flames of Phoenix had scorched him badly, which was plain to see. He lied spread-eagle, face down on the ground. His mirror was beside him. Its aura had died down. A portion of it was cracked already. Sakura reached into her pocket for the cards. Koji began to slowly stir and awaken.

"Sakura, look out!" Syaoran shouted.

She pulled a single card. "Do not worry, Syaoran-kun. I know what to do."

Koji sat up and shook his head, groaning as he did so. "That stung like a- Eh?"

"SWORD!"

Koji stared helplessly at Sakura as she raised her new sword high. "You. you wouldn't. I mean, you're supposed to be. I can't."

Sakura looked into his eyes with a great deal of sadness. "I told you. I have to seal away the evil power within you. You won't feel a thing."

Koji, unable to move much from fear and pain, covered his head, unable to watch.

But Sakura did not strike him at all.

She grabbed the mirror lying on the ground and tossed it into the air.

"Mirror of Dark and Terrible Powers, RELEASE YOUR GRASP ON THIS BOY!"

With one strike, Sakura sent her sword through the Mirror of Time as it fell, cutting it in half.

The mirror hung in the air for a moment as it slowly dimmed. But as soon as it faded of its power, it glowed once more, as did Koji. In a flash, the mirror pulled all of the energy within the boy out, causing him to faint. Once the mirror reclaimed its power, it began to crack. Deeper. Deeper. Until it shattered into a thousand pieces on the ground.

"She. she did it!" Meiling exclaimed. "I think. we won!"

With a twitch, Koji's leg began to rise, though. Then the other leg. Then his arms. He was sitting up.

Syaoran jumped forward, his sword drawn. "Hold on, get back! He's still awake! Everyone stay back!"

"I'm. free?" Koji began to talk to himself. He stared down at his hands as if he had never seen them before. He threw his head back, tears streaming from his eyes, which were fixated on Sakura, with a giant smile across his face.

"Ms. Kinomoto, thank you. thank you. You've freed me from that endless nightmare. after all that I did to you."

Syaoran dropped his sword. "This. is the same. Koji.?"

Sakura knelt down to the boy and smiled. "But Koji, you didn't do anything to us. That was not you. I realized that when Clow Reed spoke to me."

"What did Clow Reed tell you, Sakura?" Tomoyo asked. "Was this when you fainted?"

Sakura nodded in reply. "I heard Clow's voice after I lost consciousness, and he told me that what has happened is what was not supposed to happen. Something had changed the course of destiny. That was what Koji did, but. Koji was not the one who did those acts."

This was a bit more than Meiling could process. "Hold on a minute, Kinomoto, are you telling us we've been chasing the wrong psycho all this time?! And why isn't Koji attacking you now, huh? This doesn't add up!"

"Well," she tried to explain once more, "Koji may have done it, but. he wasn't in control. I saw a young boy in my dreams. I saw him find a strange mirror. And then, horrible things happened. I didn't know what it meant at first, but then I remembered Koji's eyes."

"I was being controlled." Koji said, unable to stare any of them in the eyes but Sakura. "I'm so ashamed. I've caused so much pain, so much suffering! There are so many people I nearly killed. And worse, there are people I HAVE killed in the past."

"So, you're telling us that you weren't in control of your actions?" Eriol asked.

Sakura shook her head. "That's what I figured. That mirror, the Mirror of Time, had possessed him. He-"

"Please," Koji requested, "allow me to tell them." Sakura agreed. "When I was young, I hated everything. Kids always picked on me, my parents were always fighting, and I didn't know what to do. Until I got the idea that I could live on my own, and I decided to run away. I didn't know where to run away to, so, I just chose to go someplace I knew I liked. I was only 7 or so, and since I liked digging on the hillside near my home, I decided I'd live on that hill for all my life. But when I got there, the ground collapsed. I fell into a cave. I never knew a cave was there. In fact, I know I had dug into there before when I was even younger, searching for treasure. That cave wasn't there. But. I fell into it, anyway. I don't know how long I was out cold for, but when I woke up, it was the middle of the night. and I was cold and scared. But there was a light. Something shining in that cave. On the ground with me was. that mirror. I picked it up, and suddenly I wasn't scared. I didn't feel afraid at all. I even felt. powerful. I felt like I was better than all the people I was running from."

Eriol thought for a second. "A cave appearing out of nowhere? Finding that mirror out of nowhere? That is no coincidence."

Koji continued. "I found that the cave led back to the surface elsewhere and returned home. I think I didn't care what happened anymore. Time went on, and I cared less and less. I was happy, though, because being picked on wasn't bothering me anymore. But then one night. I remember. I had that mirror by my bed. and I heard voices. Someone telling me to do evil things. Then. I blacked out. When I woke up, my house. was on fire. My mother was carrying me. My father. he was killed in the fire. No one knows how the fire started, but I knew. I had done it."

Tomoyo turned slightly pale and looked down at the ground. "Oh, my, how horrible. You poor boy." She knelt down beside him. "But it wasn't really you, I mean."

"No, it IS my fault. I was the one who did it. and. for a while, I wasn't saddened by it. The arguing stopped; my parents couldn't fight. From there, things got worse. I found myself saying mean things I didn't want to, I hurt people. It was like I wasn't in control of myself. Then one day, I woke up to find I WASN'T in control at all. That mirror. it had taken me over. I couldn't control my body or my mouth. I was just forced to watch. The mirror seemed to want to gain more and more power. It made me march all over the world, finding special artifacts of great power, but nothing I found could actually increase its power enough. But. that's when I met Sadin. He saw how many of these ancient artifacts I had found and recruited me in his army to help him gain even more power. I suppose the Mirror of Time knew how much power he had and figured if I helped him, it could get more and more power very easily. But, of course, that's when you, Ms. Kinomoto, came. And you stopped Sadin's plans."

"Well, I. err." Sakura blushed. "It wasn't just me! I mean, Syaoran was there at my side, and Tomoyo was a mage, as was Mia, and Kero and Yue and. err."

Tomoyo giggled. "Don't be so modest, Sakura. If anyone could save all of time twice, it's you."

Koji smiled a little. "Well, my counter-part, still in control of me, didn't like that too much. And the mirror decided we had to fix that. It told me that we had to find a way to revive Sadin so we could obtain even more power. But it knew that if it tried to do that, you, Sakura, would stop every plan. After all, if you could stop Sadin, surely you could stop a simple boy, powers or not. So, I set out to stop you. I knew that I was going to try and kill you, but I couldn't stop. I had very little control. I could will myself to hold back a little, but I couldn't stop."

"But you didn't succeed in holding yourself back and, originally, you did kill Sakura. You shot her." Syaoran said, cringing with painful memories. "But that's when Mia showed up and we actually went back in time to prevent it from ever happening."

Koji nodded. "I can't stand the thought of having succeeded. But the force controlling me couldn't stand the thought of losing. As time went on, I began to lose even the ability to hold myself back. With every victory for you all, my other self grew angrier and angrier, more determined than ever. But with that anger, my other half became more and more powerful until he realized he didn't need Sadin anymore. He, we, could become more powerful on our own. And. that's how we got here. I'm so terribly sorry. Everything is my fault."

"I don't believe so," Eriol said. "When we see all the pieces, it becomes obvious this was all planned from the very beginning."

"Planned?" Koji asked. "Who could possibly have arranged all of this?"

Sakura consented with Koji's question. "Clow Reed told me what happened wasn't supposed to happen! If someone planned it out, wouldn't it have been destined to happen?"

Eriol shook his head. "Under normal circumstances, I'd say yes. But this was no mere person who set this into motion. I can feel it."

"Hoe?" Sakura reacted. "Who did set this up, then?"

"The only person who could have. The only one with access to a world outside of time." A familiar voice called out.

A small portal opened beside them letting a tall, lean man, dressed in a long purple and black robe over a yellow Chinese shirt enter. He wore his long black hair in a ponytail and a pair of round glasses on his face.

"Clow!" Sakura exclaimed. Her entire group stood in awe, except for Eriol, who smiled, as if he knew his former self would show himself eventually.

Clow Reed smiled gently. "It's good to see you, Sakura. And of course, it's always a pleasure to see all of your friends as well. I had to visit to congratulate you on your job well done. Also, I needed to explain all that has happened. Since Koji is no longer a threat and since it is very easy to move to a world of complete nothingness, I decided to come in person. I have been watching you all closely."

"Hoe. That would be helpful. I've been through it all and I'm still confused," Sakura stated, rubbing her forehead as if recalling it all hurt.

Clow smiled friendlily. "Don't worry, theirs is much none of you could have known. First of all, that the world as it was meant to be should have returned after Sadin's fall. However, something prevented that."

Koji got to his feet. ".Me."

Clow shook his head. "No, not you. You had nothing to do with it. You only think you are the cause of all the problems, but you're not. It was not your decision to make to try and revive Sadin at first. You're not the reason you weren't reversed when time was supposed to revert to normal."

"Just as I suspected," Eriol muttered to himself.

"So, if he wasn't responsible for this, who was?" Yue asked. "If he is still alive, he is a danger to you, Clow, and to my current master."

Clow shook his head. "Oh, he's no longer alive. He is very much dead. It was Sadin."

"HUH?" Syaoran exclaimed. "How is that possible? We defeated Sadin already! He doesn't exist! How could he still do this after he was defeated?"

"The plan itself didn't come into effect after Sadin's demise, true," explained Clow, "but it was devised long before Sadin's plot unraveled. You see, Sadin knew one of his greatest weaknesses was his overconfidence. He could not control it, but still realizing this weakness, he set up a backup plan that would help him in his assault on our world, and act as a fail- safe in case something went awry. Using all of his power, he created a smaller source of power, the Mirror of Time, that could withstand even time itself resetting. No matter what happened, that mirror and whomever possessed it would remain untouched by time. So, should he fall out of existence. as he did."

"He would still have someone with the power to manipulate time left to help him!" Syaoran finished Clow's sentence. "That explains why Koji didn't go back to normal after the world was restored from Sadin's attack."

"Wait a second, when that mirror. when it had control over me," Koji wondered, "why did it decide to not revive Sadin later on?"

"That's because the ultimate goal of the essence within that item was to gain power. As it failed and failed to revive Sadin, it actually became more powerful with anger and experience. Until. it realized that all it took was time for it to release its true power, which, when attached to your life essence, your spirit, could surpass Sadin someday. Sadin's little plot backfired. His own backup plan turned against him."

"Unfortunately for us, he still wanted to destroy us all and was growing more powerful," Meiling muttered to herself.

"I couldn't stand it any longer. At that point, when my other half started to tear a hole in the dimensions, I couldn't allow it anymore. He was going too far. I tried to regain control of myself. But it was no use. Until, that is, you spoke to me, Sakura. You could see me, deep under the cruel person I was. You saw me. That's when I gained hope. But I could still feel the power inside me. But I think my alter ego released too much energy too quickly. He couldn't control it. That gave me the time to stop myself."

"And that leads up to where we are now," Tomoyo said. "It would seem we've come to the end of our adventure. Can we now get back to our own world, where we can go on?"

Clow shook his head a little. "We can go back, but I'm afraid there is a slight complication. To leave the timeline as it is would be very dangerous. It could cause disasters of unimaginable problems. If the timeline remained altered, it could even affect the past, which would, of course, change the future. That must not be allowed to happen. So, I will use my power to reset all of time to before any of these problems ever happened."

"But isn't that what happened when Sadin was defeated?" Syaoran asked. "And things still turned out this way!"

"There is a difference this time," Clow explained. "This time, no memories shall remain. None of us, not even myself, shall recall there ever being a Sadin, or Koji being possessed. We shall all forget these troubles that shall never exist."

"You mean, though, we won't remember helping each other? We won't remember what we've learned?" Sakura asked.

"What of our powers? Tomoyo has developed hers. And let's not forget the Clow Cards, which have all become Sakura Cards now," Keroberos said.

Clow sighed. "I'm afraid the card will have to be changed once more."

"Hoeee. all that hard work." Sakura sighed even louder than Clow.

"Don't worry, Sakura," Syaoran reassured her, placing his hands on her shoulders. "If you can change the cards while being attacked by time traveling demons, I'm sure you can do it on somewhat more normal terms."

Sakura turned her head to Syaoran and smiled, her look of sorrow fleeing. "Thank you, Syaoran. With you by my side, I think I can do it again, too." His face turned cherry red at the compliment.

Tomoyo took her jewel necklace in her hand and released the energy within, returning to her normal human form. "I think I'll be glad to no longer be fighting. I'm very glad to have gotten the chance to help Sakura-chan in battling, but I prefer to help in ways that are far more important, like making sure Sakura-chan always has the proper costumes for her special missions!" Tomoyo's eyes glowed with bright stars at just the thought of the costumes she'd now have time to work on.

Kero laughed. "I don't think any amount of magic of any sort could ever change you, Tomoyo."

"Awww, but we also worked so hard on some things lately!" Meiling screamed, stomping forwards. "We only JUST got Shaoran to admit his feelings for Kinomoto-san!"

"Hoe?" Sakura tilted her head, looking confused.

Syaoran's face turned bright red in both rage and embarrassment. "MEILING- CHAN! I DIDN'T TELL HER THAT I LOVED HER YET!"

"OHOHOHOHOHOHO!" Meiling laughed evilly. "But you just did right now!"

Syaoran's eyes shrunk. He turned to see Sakura's eyes doing the same, her face bright red, and she was unable to look at him back. "Hoeee."

Syaoran growled, trying to hide his embarrassment. "THAT WAS A DIRTY TRICK!"

"So. you. like me?" Sakura said, staring at the ground, avoiding eye contact.

"I. I. Errr. well." Syaoran stuttered, trying to find the right words. "Remember I asked you to always let me be by your side?" She nodded. "Well, that's partially because you're my friend but also. it's because. I. I."

A brief silence.

"Because I really do love you, and I want to protect and help you however I can."

Both of their faces turned redder and redder with every passing second.

"I. I don't. know what to say." Sakura said.

Not a sound came from anyone else except for the faint whirring of Tomoyo's video camera and the swirling of the stars in her eyes (though as to where she stored the camera while fighting and if she realized it would be erased with time. none can say).

"Except. when I am with you, Syaoran, I do feel better. I do feel safer. I think. So. I think. I think I love you, too."

Everyone smiled, even Yue and Spinnel.

"Love is such a beautiful thing, but not even I can foresee it," Eriol said.

"But I'm afraid now comes the time we must say farewell for now and return to the way things were," stated Clow.

"So soon? Right after such a touching scene?" Tomoyo asked, snapping out of her happy trance.

"I'm afraid so," Clow replied.

Koji walked over to Sakura and hugged her. "I truly wish we did not have to say good-bye. So soon after you could see the real me, after all you've done. I only regret we could not see each other in our real lives, outside these circumstances. I can never repay you for what you've done, and I wish you only happiness wherever you may go. Thank you."

Sakura took her head out of the clouds momentarily to respond. "I wish we could meet again, too. But, even if we can't remember these times. as long as people can be friends within their hearts. that's all that matters."

Koji smiled and stepped back. Eriol approached. "It would seem we shall return to our original tests. I'm looking forward to seeing how you fare under normal circumstances."

Sakura hugged him quickly as he tried to leave. He seemed a little shocked but not at all unhappy with this display of affection. "I'm looking forward to it, too. And thank you for all the help you've given me. Without you, none of this would have been possible."

Eriol simply smiled his usual charming smile and walked off.

Tomoyo ran up to Sakura and hugged her tight. "Sakura-chan, I'm so proud of you! I knew if anyone could save the world so many times, it was you!"

Sakura blushed with modesty. "But you all helped me so much!"

Tomoyo sighed. "But still, I have some regrets. Now. I won't be able to make a video out of our adventures here or make you a special victory costume."

Sakura and Syaoran face faulted. "T-Tomoyo-chan." Sakura stuttered.

Tomoyo's eyes filled with her stars once more. "Just being able to make costumes for my wonderful Sakura-chan has been more reward than could ever deserve! To make up for not making enough in this world, I'm going to have to make even more for when we return home!"

Sakura laughed nervously. "You really don't have to go to so much trouble, you know."

"Oh, I know. But I want to." Tomoyo smiled. "I'm looking forward to being by your side as always."

Sakura smiled. "Me, too." She hugged her and Tomoyo walked back.

"I only wish Mia, Aerin, Takumi, Mizuki-san were here to see this, too," sighed Sakura.

"Hee hee. But we ARE here," came Mia's voice into Sakura's mind.

"Hoe?"

"I'm using my powers to talk to you from a distance," came Aerin. "Congratulations, Sakura."

"We can't do this for very long, so let me just say," Mia began, "that it's been a pleasure to work with you over all these missions. It's really sad to see it all come to an end."

"Yeah, it is." Sakura said.

"But no matter what, we're all going to be friends forever, right?" Mia asked.

"Of course!" Sakura replied with enthusiasm. "Nothing could change that! I hope you're happy back at home when this is done."

Though Sakura could not see it, Sakura could sense the smile on Mia's face. "You too."

"I wish you the best as well, Sakura," stated Aerin. "Friends forever."

Sakura smiled. "Friends forever. Good-bye!"

"KINOMOTO-SAN!" Meiling barked, stomping over to her. "Forgetting someone?"

"Hoeee! No! No!" Sakura blushed. "I was just about t talk to-"

Meiling laughed. "I'm only joking. You weren't too bad out there. But, we may be friends now, but when we get back, you better be on your guard! I'm going to be testing you daily! I have to make sure you're always good enough for my Shaoran-kun!" She hung off her cousin, much to his dismay.

"Hoe? What does that mean?" Sakura asked. Syaoran shrugged his shoulders, though the heavy girl was still leaning on them. She let go in a few seconds though and returned.

"So, Sakura, I take it you've said your good-byes, and we shall return now?" Clow asked.

Sakura looked around. "Yue, Kero, thank you for always sticking by me."

"It's my job," Yue replied.

"That may be so," Kero said, "but even if it weren't our duty to stay by our mistress, we'd stick by you, Sakura."

"Hey, don't forget about us!" Ruby moon called out. "When we get back, don't think we'll go easy on you! We're going to make you have to work for transforming those cards!"

Spinnel just sighed at his counterpart's overconfidence. "Well, in any case, it should prove interesting. But shouldn't we be going?"

Sakura nodded. "I suppose we should."

Clow smiled. "Well, then I wish you all luck. We shall meet again." Clow waved his hand through the air and began to channel all of his power. The world around them began to glow. Faint shadows of the world that used to be began to reappear. Buildings, trees, the school. dark shadows of them began to appear.

"Ugh." Sakura and all the others fell to their knees, clutching their heads. They could feel themselves beginning to forget small details.

Syaoran thought quietly to himself. He wondered. should he? Could he?

"Sakura!" He called out.

"Syaoran. I almost forgot. We didn't really have the time." Sakura looked away for a moment. "Did you really mean what you said? Do you really. ummm."

Syaoran blushed and nodded. "I. I love you, Sakura. I really do."

A tear ran down Sakura's cheek as the world turned brighter around her.

"What's wrong, Sakura?" Syaoran asked.

Sakura looked up, her cheeks bright red, but a giant smile across her lips. She inched closer and hugged him. "I'm just sorry we're going to forget this moment and happy it makes me. Because. I think. I really think I love you, too. I don't want to have to forget it."

Syaoran smiled. The world around him was slowly being swallowed up, reverting to the way it always was.

"Don't cry, Sakura. Because even if we forget, our hearts won't. And I can tell you. even if I forgot everything in my life, forgot and lost everything that was dear to me. I'd just fall in love with you all over again."

And that is all there is to tell of Sakura's journeys through time. Sakura, Syaoran, Kero, Tomoyo, Yukito, and everyone else all returned to the world long before Sadin ever made any affect.

Sakura, Syaoran, and Tomoyo took their picnic in the park that warm day, but no demon came to fight them. All that came towards them was a strange, blonde girl and a tall, older boy with black hair, walking by, laughing. Somehow, they seemed familiar, but that was all that was odd with the day.

Sakura slept warmly that night, never awakened by the sound of one of Sadin's minions in her basement. All was as it was meant to be. No, destined to be.

But in the end, even if the fond memories were forgotten, all turned out for the best still.

Tomoyo did as she had promised, staying by Sakura's side, through thick and thin. Always ready with a camera and an extra outfit for any fashionable Mistress of the Cards.

Eriol tested Sakura, as predicted. His traps set around the town always kept Sakura on edge. Never did any unseen forces from outside of time interrupt them.

And Syaoran. well. his words did come true. But not right away. Time passed, as it always does. Months, years. All vanished with the passing of times. The Cards were changed, and Sakura had only one task left to defeat. And even then, she triumphed.

"I wasn't able to tell him how I feel, after all." Sakura stood before the Void.

"Card made by Clow. Leave your identity and be reborn. And come upon a new owner. in the name of SAKURA!"

The young girl that stood before her dissipated, her powers flying every way.

The Void was gone. But at what cost? The powers consumed the young boy, climbing up the steps in a black shield. A long, circular hole lie in the wall and floor between Sakura and the boy, revealing the night sky.

"SYAORAN-KUN!" Sakura shouted, running towards him.

The boy's face appeared in the shield.

"I'm glad I made it in time. It seems a lot of my magical powers were still left. And, of course, since you used so many cards in one day."

"Syaoran-kun."

"Even if I lose this feeling, I'll. just fall in love with you again." he said with a smile.

Sakura's eyes filled with tears. "SYAORAN-KUN!"

The faint shadow of a Card appeared from where the Void vanished. It came to Sakura and released a blinding flash of light that could be seen from miles away.

Sakura stood at one end of the hole in the stairs, crying and crying. when a voice came to her. The voice of the Void.

"Please don't cry, it'll be all right."

Sakura looked up and saw the Hope Card, hovering just above her, lowering itself into her hands.

"Huh? That kid." Sakura recognized the Void on the Card.

Sakura looked over the card and into Syaoran's eyes. "Syaoran-kun. Syaoran- kun, even if you don't feel anything towards me anymore.

"I love you," Sakura finally managed to say.

"You're my number one, Syaoran-kun!"

He stared back at her coldly as a tear fell from her cheeks. "Me, too. Sakura." His cold stare turned into a warm smile as the night sky broke into a bright dawn, the sun rising high into the sky.

All throughout the town, people began to reawaken, things could go back to the way they were meant to be.

Sakura took a step back, away from the hole in the steps in front of her. "HERE I GO!"

Syaoran sounded panicked. "Hey! Just wait until it returns back to normal!" he pleaded, but Sakura would have none of it.

"I don't want to!" She ran as fast as her heart would allow and leaped high into the rising sun, and coming back down to Earth in Syaoran's arms.

"I LOVE YOU!"

The End

I wish to take this time to say a few words.

It feels terribly sad to finally close this fiction. A silly, often awkward fiction it might be, but to me, it has caused some of the greatest joys and pains of my life.

It is through this fiction I met my best friend in the world, Aerin, who you might remember as my editor originally. When I first started, she offered to start looking over my story, Seven Years. That was about two years ago. We continued talking, and, to this day, I consider her my best friend in the world, despite the fact we live an ocean apart.

Through that, I have felt the greatest pains and joys of my life. And I would not trade that for anything.

I've learned and grown, and so has how I've written this story.

So, I have to thank my editor, my friend Aerin. but I would also like to thank you, the reader. To be reading this means you have read both stories, and that means so much to me, for you to take your time to read this beginning writer's story. I will be continuing to write, and I hope you will continue to read. It means so much to me.

So, I would like to thank, in proper order.

Aerin, for staying by me and selflessly helping me every step of the way. Not to mention being an adorable and loveable friend.

CLAMP, for creating one of the greatest couples I have ever seen, Sakura and Syaoran, along with so many classic shows and manga. all of which have given me so many days of joy.

FF.Net for letting me place all of this here.

The people at Anime-Forums.com for helping me be inspired and for reading.

And most of all, I want to thank you readers again. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and criticism. This story is for you!

::bows:: So, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU ALL for helping this unworthy boy. ARIGATOU!